Diet Pepsi drinkers only have a few more days to enjoy their favorite aspartame-sweetened beverage fresh from the soda fountain. Starting in August, the popular diet soda will get its sugary taste from a different, and less controversial, artificial sugar called sucralose popularly known as Splenda. However, PepsiCo recently announced that fans of the old diet soda recipe will still be able to buy the aspartame-flavored drink online. The company’s decision to sell two versions of the same drink suggests that some Diet Pepsi fans aren’t thrilled about the switch to sucralose. And it makes sense that there are dissenters. Despite the controversy over aspartame’s safety as a food ingredient a debate that goes back decades, many people really like the way the fake sugar tastes. But will people really be able to tell the difference between a diet soda sweetened with aspartame and one sweetened with sucralose? Experts say yes.
With the restoration of aspartame as the main sweetener in the regular version, the alternate label was dropped, and packages bore the title “Classic Diet Pepsi Taste” which is very reminiscent to the “Coca-Cola Classic” title that was in use from to , when New Coke received backlash. Instead of sugar, artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame-k, or sucralose, are used to sweeten them. Sprite Zero. Overall, the percentage consuming diet drinks was higher among females compared with males. Aspartame is also a Coke Zero sweetener. Janet Renee has over a decade of experience as a registered dietitian. Therefore, while some of the research sounds quite alarming, more high quality experimental studies are needed before concrete conclusions can be drawn about the health effects of diet soda. Nonnutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies. See also,. Home Personal Finance. This finding was quickly accepted in the medical field and by the public as evidence that cyclamate was carcinogenic in humans. A caffeine-free version of Diet Pepsi is also produced.
PepsiCo Inc. Pepsi will now sell both the aspartame- and sucralose-sweetened versions of Diet Pepsi. Diet soda sales have tumbled as consumers, turned off by studies on artificial sweeteners, have switched to bottled water, teas and energy drinks, instead. Widely reported studies have shown a correlation between cancer and aspartame consumption in rats — but not in humans. And in the four decades since Perrier water was launched in the U. The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that artificial sweeteners are safe, and sucralose, which was accidentally discovered by U. Aspartame is made from two amino acids, while sucralose is a modified form of sugar with added chlorine. Read: Drinking diet soda linked to heart disease. Diet Pepsi will still contain another FDA-approved artificial sweetener — acesulfame-potassium, or ace-K — which some researchers have said needs further testing and research. It has about half the calories of a regular Coke, and uses both cane sugar and the natural plant sweetener Stevia, a sugar substitute that has been growing in popularity in recent years. To highlight the natural ingredient, Coca-Cola Life will also have a green label instead of the traditional red.